Workforce Development Boards

State and Local Workforce Development Boards

State and Local Workforce Development Boards

California’s workforce development boards (WDBs) administer nearly $3.5 million in annual federal workforce dollars, as well as millions more in state and local job training, career tech, worker assistance, and community development resources.  California is the only state that requires 15 percent labor representation on local WDBs.

WED works with Central Labor Councils and the State Building Trades Council to recruit labor leaders to serve on local WDBs.  WED also holds frequent regional trainings for labor WDBs members.  The main goals of WED’s efforts are to 1) improve oversight and accountability for the use and expenditure of public dollars; 2) establish worker-centered local and regional policy and investment; 3) expand sector-based labor management training programs; and 4) prioritize training for career pathways to good high wage jobs.  WED and its labor representatives also help create state policy to implement new standards for WDBs performance and investment in job training for California’s unemployed.